A Measure of Mercy (#01 in Home To Blessing Series)
Lauraine Snelling Returns to Her Popular Red River Valley Setting ^^Eighteen-year-old Astrid Bjorklund has always dreamed of becoming a doctor. She had intended to study medicine in Chicago or Grand Forks, but when a disaster wiped out a major portion...
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Lauraine Snelling Returns to Her Popular Red River Valley Setting
^^Eighteen-year-old Astrid Bjorklund has always dreamed of becoming a doctor. She had intended to study medicine in Chicago or Grand Forks, but when a disaster wiped out a major portion of her family's income, Astrid stayed home instead, receiving hands-on training from Dr. Elizabeth.
^^Joshua Landsverk left Blessing two years ago, but he's never forgotten Astrid. Returning to town, he seeks to court her. Astrid is attracted to him, and when the opportunity unexpectedly opens for her to go to Chicago for medical training, she finds it difficult to leave. Love blossoms through their letters, but upon arriving back home, she makes a heartbreaking discovery. Will she have to give up love to pursue her dream?
"Let's go get some ice cream." Sophie took Astrid's arm. "What's the rush?" "There's someone here I want you to see." Astrid clutched the top of her head. "I'm wearing my work clothes and don't have a hat. I can't meet anyone." She dug in her heels so that Sophie had to let go. "You look just fine." Sophie grabbed her hand again. Letting Sophie have her way was a lesson Astrid learned when they were little girls. Why try to change years-long patterns? She let Sophie pull her along, no longer resisting but not making it easy either. As they neared the Blessing Soda Shoppe she heard laughter, a man laughing but not a laugh she recognized. The female laughing was Rebecca. She grabbed a post to the overhanging porch roof and jerked Sophie to a stop. "Who is it?" "You'll see." "I am not going one step further until you tell me." Sophie glared at her. "This is my treat. Come on." "Sophie!" "This is someone you met several years ago. Now he has come back to town, and I think you should welcome him." Astrid tried to turn and head back the direction she came, but Sophie caught her arm. "Please. Just say hello and--" "Well, hello." The timbre in his voice had not changed. Neither had his flashing dark eyes or the smile that wrapped itself around her heart and gave a tug...
Lauraine Snelling is an award-winning author of over 50 books including The Healing Quilt, The Way of Women, and Saturday Morning. The recipient of the Silver Angel Award and a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart, she also writes for a wide range of magazines and teaches at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California.